Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach Joe Philbin is expected to leave the team and re-join the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coaching staff, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Packers’ OC Joe Philbin, who left Green Bay in 2012 to become the Miami Dolphins’ HC, is expected to rejoin Mike McCarthy’s staff, sources told @RobDemovsky.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2018
Colts owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard fired head coach Chuck Pagano following the team’s Week 17 win on New Year’s Eve. Because of that, the remainder of the coaching staff is welcome to move about the league.
Philbin was with the Packers previously from 2003-’11 and had roles as the assistant offensive line coach (2003), assistant offensive line coach and tight ends coach (2004-’05), offensive line coach (2006) and offensive coordinator (2007-’11). He was then hired as the Miami Dolphins‘ head coach in 2012 and was fired during the 2015 season.
Philbin has been the Colts’ offensive line coach for the last two seasons, and his group has given mixed results. He’s had some talented players which has produced some really good games, but injuries and other talent-lacking players have resulted in low rankings in the two most critical areas: the run game and pass protection. In 2016, the Colts ranked 23rd in rushing offense (101.8 YPG) and were 28th in sacks allowed (44). This season, the Colts were 22nd in rushing (103.8 YPG) and gave up the most sacks (56).
It was also reported by Alex Marvez on Friday that Colts tight ends coach (and former wide receivers coach) Jim Hostler is also leaving the Colts for the Packers, joining as wide receivers coach.